14 Best Night Creams 2023, According to Dermatologists

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As skin-care lovers, our favorite part of the day is removing every trace of makeup with an indulgent double-cleanse and capping things off with one of the best night creams we can get our hands on.

Just as people debate the necessity of eye cream, not everyone’s convinced that you should invest in an overnight cream in addition to the face moisturizer you already slather on in the morning. But to all the naysayers, we’ll just let the pros do the convincing. “We lose water in the skin at night, so nighttime is all about locking in moisture,” Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine, tells Allure.

South Florida-based board-certified dermatologist De Anne Harris Collier, MD, agrees, adding that research has shown that repair of DNA-damaged skin cells peaks, skin cells turn over more quickly, and there are increased rates of skin blood flow and skin permeability at night. “All the more reason to apply a great night cream to take advantage of the skin’s innate repair system,” she says.

Dr. Gohara says that people often layer retinoids before they go to sleep, so adding a night cream on top is the perfect way to really lock it all in while contributing additional beneficial ingredients. And because retinoids can cause sun sensitivity, nighttime is the best time to use them and other photosensitizing ingredients, Dr. Collier adds, like alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). And remember come morning, “you must apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher daily, especially when using retinol as part of your skin regimen,” Dr. Collier says.

Here, we present the best night creams to cap off your nighttime skin-care routine and ensure you wake up with glowy and hydrated skin.

Our Top Picks:

  1. Best Overall: Caudalie Premier Cru The Rich Cream, $129
  2. Best Dermatologist-Approved Investment: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2, $136
  3. Best for Sensitive Skin: SkinFix Barrier+ Triple Lipid Peptide Cream, $54
  4. Best Gel-Cream: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, $32
  5. Best for Mature Skin: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer, $30
  6. Best Serum-Moisturizer Hybrid: Tatcha The Indigo Cream, $92
  7. Best Fragrance-Free Night Cream: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Advanced Repair Barrier Cream, $48

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  • Best Overall Night Cream: Caudalie Premier Cru The Rich Cream

    Your search for the most luxurious night cream can end right now. Caudalie’s Premier Cru The Rich Cream is stuffed with bio-ceramides, shea butter, and micro hyaluronic acid for visibly calmer, plumper skin. Beloved by multiple Allure editors, the successor to the 2021 Best of Beauty-winning Premier Cru The Cream is every bit as good — and likely even better for those with super dry skin.

    When comparing the two moisturizers, cosmetic chemist Ginger King noted that the oils (including grapeseed oil) are listed much higher in The Rich Cream, which means they’re more potent. Despite how rich this formula might sound, you won’t be left feeling like you’ve got a heavy, greasy film on your face — but rather an impossibly dewy complexion that looks hydrated and well-rested.

    P.S. Dr. Collier also recommends Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Night Cream, which contains alpha hydroxy acids to “retexturize and moisturize the skin,” she says. Along with papaya enzymes, glycolic acid exfoliates and promotes surface cell turnover, while squalane lends a dose of much-needed hydration.

  • Dermatologist-Approved Investment: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

    According to Dr. Gohara, SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is an investment-worthy option if you’re looking for a good night cream. “It infuses skin-identical fatty acids into the barrier in the exact proportion that naturally exists in our barrier,” she says, referring to the golden 2:4:2 ratio, which indicates the percent of pure ceramides 1 and 3, natural cholesterol, and fatty acids present in the formula.

    All this goodness addresses a slew of skin concerns, such as uneven skin tone, rough texture, overall radiance, and pore appearance. Dr. Gohara uses this one personally, applying it nightly on top of her retinoid to wake up with glowy results every day.

  • Best Lightweight Gel-Cream: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

    We know you love Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask but the Water Sleeping Mask is like a tall glass of H2O for your entire face. This jelly-textured overnight treatment contains ionized mineral water and squalane to deeply hydrate all night. We can attest that you only need a dime-size amount of this cooling formula that layers really well post-toner, essence, serum, and what have you. It dries down matte, so no worries about getting your pillows gooey when you go to bed.

    “I can say that I woke up with super plump-looking, hydrated skin — as if I had been dramatically splashing water in my face as I slept (the beauty editor’s version of sleep-walking?),” our tester notes.

  • Best Fragrance-Free Night Cream: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Advanced Repair Barrier Cream

    Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is as classic as it gets. But, for those who need a richer formula to relieve intense dryness and visible redness, we highly suggest picking up the Ultra Facial Advanced Repair Barrier Cream — especially during harsher-weather months. This buttery formula feels as luxurious as creams twice its price but absorbs surprisingly fast. We also appreciate that it’s packaged in a tube (rather than a tub) for no-mess application.

    But what do we have to thank for the morning-after softness? Glycerin, urea, and squalane provide intense hydration, while colloidal oatmeal and beta glucan soothe sensitivity.

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